Aha moment - why I'm sometimes late
This may seem obvious to some of you, but I've only just realised this because it happened to me today. Sometimes I'm late for something because it's getting close to time to leave, and I realise I have done ~nothing~ towards progressing the thing I 'should have' been doing beforehand.
Today's example was that I'd set myself the task of going through my in-tray before going to exercise class. The timer dinged - it was time to go - I hadn't 'got round to' looking in the in-tray (I'd been doing other 'busy' things), so I thought I'd just scoop up some of the easy stuff and deal with it (because nowadays I build in a little extra time for the journey - sigh - it's ~not~ supposed to be used for doing extra things before I go!).
So it seems I feel compelled to do at least a bit on the neglected task before I go. I'm a poor self-starter, but once I ~do~ get started I find it hard to stop (time bingeing) - the wheels are in motion, I've only just started, surely I can do just a little bit more before I go? etc. etc.
So I guess my solution (other than actually doing the thing I said I'd do - probably too big a step all at once!), is to accept that I've ~not~ done the thing and move on to the next (as long as the second thing doesn't depend on the first).